SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

On any other night, a barbecue bash at the Shore Club to kick off South Beach Wine & Food Festival would be a "shore thing." But last night's cold temps meant Miamians needed hot meat, blues for their temperature troubles, and booze to warm them up more than ever.

At Barbecue & the Blues, host Anne Burrell, who is a New Yorker, scoffed at the cold and at Miami Thrillist editor and co-host, Matt Meltzer, in his fur coat. She asked, "Is that your grandma's coat?"

Guests carefully maneuvered around the event to avoid a dip in the pool and waited as their favorite local meat-centric restaurants turned out plates of ribs, brisket, burgers, sandwiches and mac and cheese. Although, at the end of the night, the people had spoken and Rok BRGR and their Sweet Caroline burger took the crown as the band and crowd belted out a song. And to quote Mr. Diamond, "Good times never seemed so good."

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

This is basically what Anne Burrell thought of Miamians suffering in the cold or dressed like this...

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Seriously, the Namath and Mackelmore references were served all night.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

But on to the food served. Pincho Factory, who knows Miamians taste so well, gave us the perfect bite: a slow-braised brisket croquette for something "Midwest meets Miami."

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Sparky's Roadside Barbecue seemed to always have the biggest line of the night and gave out generous portions.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Another local barbecue joint that brought the goods was Uncle Tom's and their holy trinity: meat, mac and slaw.

 

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

A newcomer to the scene was Drunken Dragon, which brought an air of smokiness to the party and some pretty killer Korean-style barbecue.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Chef Paula DeSilva made a pretty ambitious treat and one of our favorite bites of the night: a homemade beef sausage with cheddar and herbs, a spicy potato salad, and some fresh pickles.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Howie "Bulldog" Kleinberg put his head to the meat to turn out some tasty smoked brisket tacos where the meat was top dog.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Speaking of brisket, a real showstopper bite was served from BLT with a confetti of fried onions on top to get brisket this tender and tasty.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Beyond brisket and on to brewskies, you had to to enter the somewhat hidden beer garden.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Local brewers, like Gravity Brewlab and more were present, but a favorite was the DIY guys at Daddy Brews who teach you how to make your own beer and sell you supplies.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

Daddy Brews had a Hop Squeeze IPA with tropical fruit (even dragon fruit) and a Chocolate Cream Dream imperial stout.

 

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

At the end of the evening, Anne Burrell took the stage once more to announce the winner: Rok BRGR for their Sweet Caroline burger.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

It came as little surprise as their line was always massive and you watched the care that went into each burger that went out.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

The winning burger.

SoBeWFF 2015: Barbecue, Blues, Burrell, and Rok BRGR's Sweet Caroline Burger

The winning team.

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